Hola! I’m Amrita. I have been working as a Language & Cultural Assistant at IES Num 1, Universidad Laboral, Malaga since Oct 2023. I’m from India- the land of delicious food, deep history & rich culture and of course Bollywood.
I have travelled almost all over India, but this is my first time abroad. I have been living on my own for almost 10 years now, but living in another country all by myself was something I always wanted to experience but it gave me the jitters. So finally in 2022 I took that leap of faith, applied for this program in Spain and I can say it in a heartbeat that it was the best decision.
Moving to Spain was a very spontaneous personal decision. I had no clue what to expect, since I don’t speak Spanish, and I didn’t know a soul here. The only thing I wanted was to be in an environment which brings out the best in me and I can vouch for it that I got that and much more.
The teachers and the students have been so warm and affectionate. I do have some previous experience working as an ESL trainer, but since I wasn’t fluent in Spanish, I had to take a whole new approach. The students have been curious, enthusiastic and loving. The support of the teachers allowed everything to work out smoothly. The campus is breathtaking, and the coffee at the cafeteria is my absolute favorite. Soaking up the sun, drinking the best coffee and chatting with the teachers slowly started becoming that part of my day I looked forward to. I’m glad to say that my workplace has been a very positive environment for me.
This has been an enriching cross cultural exchange, and immersing myself in the environment has definitely helped me to pick up the language. Besides the global exposure, it also gave me a chance to meet diverse groups of people, build some genuine & meaningful connections, travel across Europe and discover a whole new side of myself. It’s an experience I will cherish forever.